Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Risking Light


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 87 minutes

Risking Light
Risking Light
Risking Light
Risking Light

Is forgiveness possible after experiencing deep physical and emotional trauma? That’s the challenging question posed by RISKING LIGHT, an intimate documentary profiling three people who have gone through indescribably painful ordeals. As a child, Debra Hocking was taken from her biological family and placed in an abusive foster home. Later, she discovered this removal was part of an Australian government plan to eradicate Aboriginal Tasmanians. Kilong Ung was enslaved by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and has vivid memories of the hard labor he was forced to endure. And Mary Johnson suffered the devastating loss of her only son, who was killed by a teenager named Oshea Israel. RISKING LIGHT follows the unique path each person takes as they go through the healing process. For example, Johnson bonds with Israel, which helps her recover in unexpected ways, and Ung visits Cambodia with his family and confronts his anger. RISKING LIGHT is a powerful testament to the ways compassion and reconciliation can bolster resiliency. —A.Z.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 5:10 PM

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Dawn Mikkelson

Emmy Award-winning producer Dawn Mikkelson’s work has been seen on PBS, OUTtv, and Free Speech TV, and it has screened at numerous international festivals. A former television news reporter at an ABC affiliate, Mikkelson often speaks and writes on issues around documentary filmmaking and social justice for MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) and at festival panels, colleges, and universities. Mikkelson has taught Documentary Film at Ottawa University in Kansas, as well as at IFP Minnesota.

This Obedience (2003), Green Green Water (2007), In a Time of Trial (2009), The Red Tail (2009), RISKING LIGHT (2017)

Miranda Wilson

Dawn Mikkelson

Matt Ehling, Jesse Roesler, Emma Paine, Russell Hawkins

Dawn Mikkelson, Peter Rhodes, Doug Blush

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John Carroll University - Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

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